Infrequently asked questions

You can get all the regular—and boring—FAQs at Jim’s bio, but here are some questions you’ve never even thought to ask:

Are you the former Secretary of Energy and head of the AIDS task force?
Sorry. I’m not even the TV anchor from New York City, the vice-president of Burger King, or any of seven other authors named James Watkins (so, if I wrote something you didn’t like, I’m not him either.)

Did you really live in a girl’s dorm?
Yes, from 1980 to 1985, my wife was Resident Director at Indiana Wesleyan University. That fact may explain why I’m in touch with my feminine side“.

Have you ever spent time in prison or psychiatric ward?
Only as a visitor. There was one frightening moment when I wasn’t allowed out of the closed section of a psychiatric hospital until the supervisor could confirm I was not a patient. How could that happen?!

Are you “Evil James Watkins,” the “All Pro Wrestler” who grapples women?
Nope, sorry. If I wasn’t happily married, though, I’d definitely look into that as a career option!

Do you have a picture of your dog on your site?
What kind of blogger do you think I am?! Of course I have a picture of our beautiful Chow-Shep-Sky!

How can I become rich and famous like you?
Ha! Love your sarcastic sense of humor. Actually, I’d probably make more money asking, “Do you want fries with that?” But if you’d like some practical advice on becoming a writer, visit Writers’ resources.

Is sex good for your health?
YESSSSS! Click here for all the details.

Is dark chocolate good for your health?
Yes again! Click here for all the details.

What medications are you currently taking?
Let’s see. I’m on anti-allergy, anti-blood clot, anti-cholesterol, anti-inflammation, and anti-depression drugs. Without them, my arteries would be clogged like a Drano commercial and I’d be sitting in the dark writing poetry about pain, death, and post-nasal drip. Worse, someone else’s byline would have been on this Web site years ago! Click here for complete list.

Why is the sky blue?
A clear cloudless day-time sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light. When we look towards the sun at sunset, we see red and orange colors because the blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight.

Why do fools fall in love?
There’s actually scientific research into that very question. Read the details here.

Why do good things happen to bad people?
Great question! The writer of Psalm 73 struggled with that as well. “This is what the wicked are like—always carefree, they increase in wealth. Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.” Here’s a book excerpt that might be helpful.

If a train leaves New York City Thursday at 5:00 pm EST going 80 MPH, and a bus leaves Los Angeles Saturday at noon traveling at 55 MPH, when will you be speaking in Chicago?
Hmmm? I’ll have to check my schedule.

What’s your favorite movie?
The envelope, please. And the winner is, It’s a Wonderful Life!

Does your wife have a Web site?
Yes, but Lois is more of a Luddite than a geek like me. Visit for all kinds of helpful stuff.

What’s the capital of Zambia?
Lusaka. Read about my reporting on the HIV/AIDS crisis there.

Who was the first president of the United States?
If you said George Washington, BZZZZZZZZZZZZ, wrong answer! Actually John Hanson of Maryland was the first president under the Articles of Confederation. His official title was “President of the United States in Congress Assembled.” Washington was actually the ninth president. And click for the answer to Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

Are you a feminist?
To paraphrase former President Clinton before the grand jury, it all depends on your definition of “feminist.” Here is why I support women in ministry.

Who is the most famous person you personally know?
That would have to be God. Learn how you can know Him, too. Click here.

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